Skagit Brew Corner: Twilight Summer Ale

twilightbrewEnjoy your summer evenings with sips of Twilight Summer Ale. This golden, moderately hoppy ale from Bend, OR is a perfect session beer for the season.

Remarkably crisp and clean tasting, Twilight has a distinctive malty body with bold Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang and Northern Brewer hops. A light, refreshing pale ale-style, this food-friendly brew complements most grilling and summer fare, especially burgers and BBQ, grilled chicken quesadillas, and fresh crab cakes.

Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes, OR. 5% Alcohol by volume / 35 IBU. On sale now at $7.99 per 6pk! Pick up some to take along on your next summer adventure!


New! Runa Clean Energy on a Mission

RunaLemonTeaRunaenergyMeet the super leaf Guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-sa), a native Amazonian plant that contains a moderate amount of caffeine and loads of polyphenol antioxidants. It’s the primary ingredient in Runa Clean Energy organic and fair trade sourced teas and energy drinks.

Try these earthy, refreshingly clean-tasting drinks, which are free of artificial sweeteners and chemicals. Runa’s energy drinks are available in Original Zero and Berry. They are based on a concentrated brew of guayausa with light carbonation and 20% of your daily Vitamin C. Berry Clean Energy is lightly sweetened with organic sugar cane and Original Zero has a hint of lime and is calorie free.

Runa also makes a line of bottled, lightly sweetened teas. We carry Original Guayusa — with a hint of organic maple syrup; Lemon Lemongrass – spiked with aromatic organic citrus; and Hibiscus Berry – a blend of the sweet and tart flavors of organic hibiscus flowers, blueberry, and yumberry.

Not only are Runa’s drinks delicious and healthy, the company is committed to supporting the Kichwa people and the Amazon rainforest.

Runa was founded in 2009 after two friends, Tyler and Dan graduated from college. Company founder Tyler lived with the Kichwa tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon and was introduced to guayusa, a naturally caffeinated tree leaf that was brewed like tea and consumed early in the morning to help interpret dreams and late at night to provide energy and clarity while hunting in the jungle.

After living and working in South America, Tyler and Dan saw the impact of unsustainable logging and agriculture, as well as the shortcomings of development projects implemented by NGOs. They began working with the local Kichwa communities to build an organic guayusa supply chain that would respect cultural traditions, support local farmers, and maintain the integrity of the Amazon rainforest. Runa now buys guayusa leafs from over 2,300 farming families.

Not only are Runa drinks clean, organic energy, they help support the Runa Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to look for new ways to create value for tropical forests that benefit local people and forest eco-systems. Learn more at Runa Foundation’s website.

Gobble Up Some Krave Jerky

basil-bigSkeptical of conventional jerky, with its added nitrates and chemical preservatives?

Give your body a hit of protein with KRAVE’s line of all natural, gourmet jerky. Incredibly tasty and made without nitrates or gluten, it’s a high-protein, 97% fat free option for meat lovers. Plus, it’s soft to chew and free of any artificial ingredients.

KRAVE uses lean cuts of domestic meat and fuzes them with innovative flavor combinations such as Black Cherry BBQ Pork, Sweet Chipotle Beef, and Basil Citrus Turkey. Made in the Californian food haven of Sonoma Valley, these gourmet jerkies were meant to be health conscious and pairing friendly.

Serve KRAVE jerky as an appetizer at your next gathering. Try matching the rich, smokey sweet twist of Black Cherry BBQ Pork with toasted almonds and locally brewed Skagit Steelie Brown Ale. Sweet Chipotle Beef goes well with guacamole and chips as well as light, refreshing summer ales such as Breakside Brewing’s Liquid Sunshine Pilsner or Deschutes Seasonal Twilight Summer Ale.

Perhaps one of the most delicious offerings is KRAVE’s turkey-based jerky. Somewhere between sweet and salty lies their Basil and Citrus Turkey Jerky. Made from tender, natural turkey infused with tangy citrus and robust basil, this cured meat is a subtle yet satisfying snack that’s perfect for outdoor activities, car trips, or navigating the everyday. With 9 grams of protein per ounce, it can be used as a meal replacement or fuel for hiking and sports. Pick up some today to help fuel your summer activities!

Stress Relief For Your Pets


The booms have begun, so make sure you have your Bach’s Rescue Remedy on hand for your favorite furry friend.

What is Rescue Remedy?  Bach’s website offers a concise description:

RESCUE Remedy® Pet is an alcohol free variation of the original stress relieving formula Rescue Remedy, that has been available for more than 70 years. It can be used to create a calming effect in any stressful situation, or when your pet needs help overcoming a variety of emotional or behavioral problems.

RESCUE Remedy Pet contains a blend of 5 of the 38 Bach® Original Flower Remedies*, as developed by Dr. Edward Bach, that help your pet cope with different emotional aspects of stressful situations:

  • Rock Rose, for terror and panic
  • Impatiens, addresses irritation and impatience
  • Clematis, for inattentiveness and lack of interest
  • Star of Bethlehem, for shock or trauma
  • Cherry Plum, for a lack of self control

and yes, we do have Rescue Remedy products for humans too!

Co+op Deals: July 1-14, 2014

Co+op_Deals_Flyer_West_Zone_1_July_2014_A-1Great savings for current Co-op member-owners!



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